Born: 1858, Chicago, Illinois.
Died: December 15, 1932, Natick, Massachusetts.
Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
William was the son of Samuel Colcord Bartlett, founder of and professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and later president of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. His mother was Mary Bacon Learned. He married twice: to Susan Lord Pitkin (1888) and to her sister, Esther Adelaide Pitkin (1892).
William attended the preparatory department of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and later Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. He received an MA degree from Dartmouth and a Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Theological Seminary.
He served pastorates at three Congregational churches in Chicago, Illinois; the Farmington Avenue Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut; and the Pine Street Congregational Church, Lewiston, Maine.
He also was a musician and composer. As of 1895, he was living in Oak Park, Illinois.
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